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  • The Master’s Bulletin, August 2014

    SUBSCRIBE HERE --> (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) Peter’s Chess Vibes Dubai Heights “In July I was on holidays for most of the month, and so I missed a lot of chess, for instance the annual tourn... | Read More

  • Monster Opening Preparation, Part 2

    In our second installment of Monster Opening Preparation (part 1 here), we’ll take a look at two of the most famous “prep” games ever. Both are highlighted by legends concerning the length of time they prepared/analyzed/pondered ... | Read More

  • How Bobby Fischer Saved Game of Thrones

    You might know that Bobby Fischer was responsible for creating unprecedented excitement in the United States chess community when he defeated Boris Spassky to win the 1972 world championship over the Soviet Union. Fischer’s victory inspired mi... | Read More

  • Hikaru Nakamura: Rise Of The Machines!

    In one of my previous articles, I compared Mikhail Tal to a chess version of the Terminator. To be fair, except for his ultra aggressive playing style, the always-friendly Mikhail Tal looked like anything but this terrifying creature played b... | Read More

  • Rooks on the Seventh, Revisited

    Despite his irritable personality and somewhat dogmatic assertions, Aron Nimzowitsch (1886-1935) is the undisputed patriarch of modern positional thought. In his magnum opus My System (1925), Nimzowitsch formulated and verbalized a litany o... | Read More

    • Beating FM Jlandaw in 1 minute chess (24 moves)

      FM Jlandaw is known as one of the strongest consistent bullet players on chess.com and is particularly noted as beating my favourite player, Hikaru Nakamura. Here I score one win (which is only a shadow in my many losses to him) where I think I p... | Read More

    • July & August Bulletins

      My adventures at the Tromsø Olympiad probably deserve a separate blog post, but meanwhile two new issues of The Master's Bulletin have appeared! I do want to share with you guys what we did this summer. July issue As I wrote before, in ... | Read More

    • How To Lose Against the Best Bullet Player in the World in 18 moves

      In a rare sighting, Hikaru Nakamura decided to log on to chess.com to beat up on some patzers. However, there weren't any players on that were rated higher than 2505 in bullet. Being rated an absurd 3105 himself, he would need to play against an o... | Read More

      • AchiIles
      • | Aug 17, 2014
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    • Playing one minute online: A great win and a new high!

      Recently my mouse ran out of batteries and there were no fresh ones at my place. So I've been stuck with the built-in touch pad for the first few days. Regardless, I've been playing really well in bullet. How well? Career-best well. Obviously, th... | Read More

      • yk333218
      • | Aug 16, 2014
    • Some Awesome Changes This Way Comes!

      Hi Chess.com Family, We are making some changes to a few of our regular content schedules / products and I figured the best way to inform you all of how much I love you was in a song (um, blog ). By the way, whatever happened to the days where i... | Read More

Video Lessons

  • Biyiasas, Peter

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    Peter Biyiasas, born Nov 19, 1950 in Greece, is a Canadian Grandmaster (1978) who later moved to the United States.  He has won the Canadian championship twice (1972, 1975).  In 1978 he won the World Open.  In 1981 Bobby Fischer sta... Read More »

  • Ilyin-Genevsky, Alexander

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    Alexander Ilyin-Genevsky (1894-1941) was the Russian master who had to learn the game twice.  He was gassed, then shell-shocked in World War I, which took away his memory.  Irving Chernev wrote that a bullet entered Ilyin-Genevsky&r... Read More »